Monday, March 28, 2022


This is coolbert:

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation this You Tube video. DOK = Donbass International Airport.

Small unit combat action the Donbass War: * First Battle of Donetsk Airport.  * Second Battle of Donetsk Airport.

"Тhе video collection of the most epic and cruelest battle on the East Ukraine - the Donetsk airport battle. The battle was 242 days long. The losses of the both sides of the conflict [were] more than 3,000 people and hundreds of the armour vehicles, including 40 tanks."


* Cameraman as embedded with rebellious forces of the Donetsk People's Republic [DPR] fighting units.

* I was going to say this is what you would have seen at Stalingrad during World War Two without the snow or cold but NO I am wrong. Battle continued through the winter of 2014-2015.

* Expenditure of ammunition prodigious. Fire discipline rather poor? Hardly any carefully aimed shots? Maybe that is understandable given the type of close-quarters fighting? Spray an area with enough rounds and sooner or later you are going to hit the target? Is that what it is?

* One of the weapons as seen in the video is a Soviet WW2 era anti-tank rifle PTRD-41. Armor piercing round I suspect could be useful in urban warfare, penetrating thick concrete walls, causing spalling.

Devoted readers to the blog please watch. Send me your comments!


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